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Building a caring future is critical to our NHS and healthcare providers. And the buildings of tomorrow must be constructed with forethought and insight to deliver beyond the challenges of our evolving world.

Google ‘construction law uk’ and you’ll find a confusing range of providers. Our team of experienced construction lawyers have many combined years of experience working across the construction and engineering industry, with a particular focus on advising the NHS and the healthcare sector of all shapes and sizes on building, refurbishment and engineering projects. This breadth of knowledge means our construction team understands the world of construction in all its many guises. Think of us as your in house construction law firm.

Our construction solicitors act for healthcare organisations offering a range of services including support at the inception and planning of a new project, ensuring all documentation is compliant, achieves the client’s needs and offers best value, offering project support to manage risk and avoid dispute, as well as handling any claims and disputes should they arise.

We offer straightforward, pragmatic, commercially focussed advice and solutions, focussed on securing the best outcome for you and your healthcare organisation and protecting the long-term future of the NHS.

Our services

Procurement and project set-up
  • Contract selection
  • Procurement advice
  • Project structures
Documentation
  • Bonds and guarantees
  • Building and Engineering contracts
  • Collateral warranties and third party rights
  • Consultant appointments
  • Development agreements
  • Framework agreements
  • Partnerships and alliancing
Project support
  • Advice
  • Dispute avoidance
  • Risk management
  • Troubleshooting
Claims & disputes
  • Dispute avoidance and resolution
  • Adjudication
  • Arbitration
  • Court proceedings
  • Defects
  • Design
  • Workmanship
  • Payment and final account disputes
  • Delay and disruption

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Paul Reekie

Partner | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3277

+44 (0)777 165 7689

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Tim Craig

Partner | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3276

+44 (0) 779 331 0777

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Stephen Radcliffe

Partner | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3282

+44 (0) 779 324 2478

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What people say

  • In terms of innovation, Ward Hadaway were at the forefront of supporting my business through the really difficult initial period of the Covid-19 pandemic. The pragmatic view and approach they helped us to take with a number of our clients was key in securing a favourable outcome in very trying circumstances.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • The team at Ward Hadaway are well experienced in construction law and as such I have great confidence when dealing with them and seeking their advice and support with any issues. What I believe makes their practice stand out against other firms is that they get to know the business they are working with and understand the culture; they aim to ensure that their advice and support is tailored to achieve the desired outcome.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • The team have made more of an effort to understand my business than previous firms I have dealt with. This has meant that the advice they provide is tailored to their understanding of our relationships with specific clients rather than simply taking a 'one size
    fits all' approach.

    Client quote
  • We have a very good working relationship with Ward Hadaway; they are like an extension of our in-house team.

    Client quote
  • The team are highly professional with excellent knowledge of the NHS and in particular the Ambulance Service. They are very reliable and promptly respond to clients requests. Ward Hadaway are an exceptionally client-focused firm who truly work in partnership with Trust. Overall we have an extremely good working relationship providing high quality and value for money.

    Alan Gallagher, Head of Risk and Regulatory Services, North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  • We have a real sense of a fresh approach from Ward Hadaway in terms of client engagement which is providing the Trust with added value benefits in terms of both cost and quality of service.

    Paul Dowell MCIPS, Deputy Head of Procurement & Supplies, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
  • ...at the top of the industry.

    Chambers & Partners
  • They are prepared to spend time exploring appropriate strategies.

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • This firm's work is drawn from both public and private sector clients, and it is particularly noted for its experience in engineering and energy-related matters.

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners

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